A Tale of Two Cities - Charing Cross Theatre

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Venue Information
Charing Cross Theatre

Charing Cross Theatre
The Arches, Villiers Street

Seating Plan


(1 min) The theatre is under Charing Cross station; it can be accessed at Cravens Passage just off Villiers Street

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Another musical version of Charles Dickens’ classic story “A Tale of Two Cities” makes its way to the Charing Cross Theatre in April, where audiences will be able to witness the work of director Paul Nicholas. The production features music from David Pomeran and musical arrangements by John Cameron whilst Steven David Horwich, whose work has been seen in numerous other shows in many different capacities, pens the book alongside David Soames.

Those with theatre tickets will be able to celebrate the bicentenary of Charles Dickens, who was born in 1812, with one of his most renowned classics. It is a tale that is still as highly regarded today as it was when it was first published in 1859.

The two cities of the title are Paris and London, though the experiences of characters in these locations are drawn from two different eras. In Paris it is the struggle between rebels and the establishment during the French Revolution that becomes the centre focus, whilst London’s equivalent is drawn from the social struggles of the 19th century, during the time that the novel was written. Alongside this we also witness the sacrifice that one many makes in the name of unrequited love.

Dickens’ novel from 1859 is a highly regarded work and was first published in instalments throughout 1859, becoming one of his most famous works alongside “Oliver Twist”, “A Christmas Carol”, “Great Expectations” and “David Copperfield”, among others. The show has also been adapted on numerous occasions, both for the stage and screen, meaning that this production at the Charing Cross Theatre is not the first musical version to land on the stage. Previous musicals have emerged in the 1960s, 1980s and 2000s around the world, demonstrating the enduring appeal of the original text.

On this occasion it is the Charing Cross Theatre that welcomes the show. the venue, found near the north banks of the River Thames, will be staging other shows prior to its arrival in the forms of “Pajama Men: In the Middle of No One” and “A Bowl Of Cherries” from January to March 2012.

This then frees up the venue for “A Tale of Two Cities” from Thursday 5th April 2012 to Saturday 12th May 2012.

Show Information
Booking From: Thursday, 5th April 2012
Booking Until: Saturday, 12th May 2012
Matinees: Saturday 4.30pm
Evenings: Monday to Saturday 7.30pm
Running Time: TBC
Show Status: production_closed
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